Even as controversial Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik has come under international radar for endorsing and propagating terrorism, a video has surfaced online, showing Congress leader Digvijay Singh endorsing and praising him. The video shows Singh sharing the same stage as Naik in a show, which was attended by millions of people, and was broadcast on Peace TV, the Dubai-based channel that Naik himself is the brand ambassador of. Singh can be seen in the video, calling Naik a proponent of peace and goodwill.
Singh is seen saying in the video that Naik’s messages and sermons actually encourage peace and work against communalism, and therefore his messages should reach every corner of the country. Singh is also seen appealing to Naik to travel across India and deliver his sermons, in order to bridge the differences between Hindus and Muslims in the country. The video has come forward after reports suggested that at least two of the attackers in the Dhaka terror siege on Holey Artisan Bakery, were inspired by his sermons and were his ardent followers.
The National Investigative Agency has also launched a probe into the matter, after several captured IS sympathisers have also claimed to be his followers. Naik has been denounced by several Islamic scholars as being a ‘self-taught’ preacher, with Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen accusing Naik of misinterpreting verses from the Quran and brainwashing young people. Meanwhile, he has denied all allegations against him, saying that he is being quoted out of context, to malign his image.
Watch the video that is likely to cause trouble for Digvijay Singh:
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